[Smt-talk] open access theory materials (forked from THEORY TEXTBOOKS)

kos at panix.com kos at panix.com
Fri Apr 27 10:25:35 PDT 2012

I don't wish to repeat what others have said, endorsing open-access theory 
material.  This year alone, several institutions have announced open-access 
respositories where they expect all their faculty to place their publications. 
(Some institutions prohibit faculty from signing contracts that give a 
periodical exclusive rights to an article.)

I think this is a truly great opportunity for SMT to get in early and 
function as an aggregator of open-access writings on music theory.  Those 
associated with an institution will most likely be required to deposit their 
writings in their respective institutional repositories.  But if they know to 
notify SMT of their work, SMT can link to it from its own (future) "Directory 
of Open-Access Writings on Music Theory."

It's potentially a wonderful thing, and I hope some members of the Society can 
make it a reality.  That in turn, might welcome and encourage members to 
submit their own alternatives to textbooks.

Bob Kosovsky, Ph.D. -- Curator, Rare Books and Manuscripts,
Music Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
blog:  http://www.nypl.org/blog/author/44   Twitter: @kos2
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